I said I would come by and see her when I was done. She pressed that it wouldn't take long and started to launch into her questions. I cut her off, and said, "No seriously. When I'm done."
Me. Food. Do not get in between.
She stood there with a blank look on her face for a few seconds, turned, and left.
To many of you (including this colleague), I was being completely inflexible and unreasonable. After all, I was still at my work area. And really - business should come first. Right?
Would it be acceptable to interrupt if I was on the phone? Or if I was talking to someone else? Or if I was mesmerized by a spreadsheet...No. In all of those instances, people would accept that I was busy and wait.
But for some reason, taking a few minutes to refuel and digest, well that's just selfish of me.
You know what else is selfish - assuming that your priorities are more important than mine.
Let me eat in peace and no one gets hurt.